Sunday, 12 January 2020

Emperor Penguin - Soak Up The Gravy

Released: 10 Jan 2020
Label: Kool Kat Musik
Listen on Bandcamp

This is Emperor Penguin's 4th album. I have been following this band for a couple of years now and was drawn in by their fun, slightly psychedelic brand of Power Pop. Their albums are never short of quirky lyrics and great melodies and this is no exception.  

The album opens with the anthemic 'Hello Picasso'. The sound is reminiscent of The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again, in places. There is lots of psychedelic goodness and skilled guitar solos. 

'What's Come Over Me' is another highlight with strong hooks and has that 60's Beatles charm. 'Brand New Yesterday' is another example of superbly written guitar pop and is also very catchy. 

'You'll Be The Death Of Me' is my favourite song here and instantly memorable, the harmonies recalling The Byrds. 

'Speedwell Blue' sounds different to anything else on the album and features the vocals of Lisa Mychols, prominent in the Power Pop genre, whose music is also well worth investigating. The song has chilled out vibes and hints of jazz.

'The Burning Man' is an impressive closer, with its soaring chorus and epic production. It is full of energy, like many of the other songs on this album.

This is a hugely enjoyable and varied album, one which fans of guitar pop should really check out. A superb listen.

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